Don't agree with this, I think for a guy a playing in his first test series, that too away from home, Hilfenhaus bowled pretty well, bowled with very good accuracy and bowled tirelessly without offering any freebies.I didn't think he bowled badly against SA itbt. Some spells were excellent but unrewarding, some were admittedly poor. But he's better than Hilfenhaus for sure. Hilfenhaus's decent bowling is bound to be overrated now because it was part of a great Australian victory. All things considered, Lee's the better bowler.
Hilfy bowled too short here, that's why he hasn't got the wickets to show. Lee wasn't half the bowler in 2005 that he's been since, i think he could be fantastic for Australia in England.Don't agree with this, I think for a guy a playing in his first test series, that too away from home, Hilfenhaus bowled pretty well, bowled with very good accuracy and bowled tirelessly without offering any freebies.
He might not have too many wickets to show for that, but he has bowled a lot better than what his figures suggest.
Anyways, I really like Lee, but I don't think he should just straight away walk into the team, he has no FC cricket before the Ashes to prove his fitness and form (unless he plays county cricket), and he shouldn't just be picked on the basis of what he does in the IPL or T20 world championship.
Another thing to consider is, Lee has never enjoyed bowling in English conditions, I guess he bowled as well as he could the last time he played there, but still he ended up with pretty unflattering figures, so expecting any better from him, especially when he is going to enter the series with next to no decent match practice is streching a bit too far, though, I am pretty sure Lee would play in the Ashes despite all this.
Certainly doesn't. But neither of the 2005 version or the 2008/09 version would be enormously preferable, from an Australian POV.Well he doesn't have to go back to being the best fast bowler in the world to be a better option than Hilfenhaus.
Aye, Lee didn't even bowl too badly after the India tour. It seems like forever ago, but he took nine wickets only two matches back. His spell in NZ's second innings was as good as he's ever been.Yeah, Lee and Clark in for Hilfenhaus and McDonald. You don't go from arguably the best fast bowler in the world to not even being Test standard after one poor away series while you're sick in a country you've never toured before on pitches that don't suit you against some of the best batsmen in the world.
If Lee's fit, he's definitely one of our best four bowlers. Same goes for Clark.